GEST2002 / GEST011 – Psychology and Health
|Suggested Year of Study:||2-3|
Department of Psychology
|Medium of Instruction||English|
How is stress linked to heart disease? Will the immune system change because of psychological stress? Can a sugar pill cure back pain? Do married people live longer? What influences healthy eating? What helps people to cope with illness? Are there ethnic variations in health? How can we change people’s health behaviors to improve their health? This course tries to answer these questions, and provides an overview of Health Psychology — a young and exiting field of study that examines the bi-directional relationship between people’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and their physical health.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
After completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe 3 to 4 of the main topics and issues in the area of health psychology;
2. Explain the psychological influences on stress, coping, health behaviors, and illness;
3. Evaluate published articles in health psychology and interpret them;
4. Conduct a personal case study and present the findings.